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Families are invited to get out into nature and join Hoekwil’s
2017 Kingfisher Challenge
17 – 18 March 2017
It’s time for the 2017 Kingfisher Challenge! Gear yourself up and join us in Hoekwil for one of the Garden Route’s most picturesque races. And the best part is, it’s all for a good cause!
The annual Kingfisher Challenge race is a fundraising initiative of Hoekwil Primary School. This small farm school hosts 150 learners from the village, surrounding farms and local settlements, and relies heavily on private funding to remain open. For the past 15 years, the Kingfisher Challenge has played a critical role in generating these much-needed funds. And that is why the Kingfisher Challenge is more than just a race. It is a family day out. With plenty to do on the day, including kiddie’s activities; live entertainment, a Friday Night Market, delicious food stalls; a beer tent and a covered marquee, ensuring everybody stays dry, no matter the weather!
Changes to the route
The main changes to the Kingfisher 2017 is a better layout at the start and finish. This year, the trail run and mountain bike race will start at the border line of The Oakhurst Farm and Bergplaas Forest, making this year a completely offroad challenge. There too the route has changed and riders can look forward to new previously unused routes with lots of fast undulating roads, high contour tracks and slightly easier climbs, but you’ll still recognise the familiar river crossings and waterfalls in exquisite indigenous forest. It returns to Hoekwil through the farms on more custom made flowing singletrack. You won’t be disappointed. Its going to be a 29’er dream race! Next year’s Kingfisher MTB race has raised the bar to a new level of racing in the Southern Cape!
A choice of races
There are seven mountain bike races in total, five of which are geared towards families and kids. These include the 10km fun ride for the more serious younger riders between 7 and 11 years old, as well as non-competetive adults who just want to be part of the Kingfisher Challenge, experience the beauty and fun vibe. The 20km route, ideal for nippers and novice riders, from 12 years up; the 3km children’s race for kids aged 6-12 years; and the 50m kiddies’ scooter dash, for kids aged 2-5 years.
In addition to these races, there is also a 40km route, suited for novice riders looking for a good challenge but without the intensity of the longer route, and the more technical 70km route, designed specifically for competitive riders with a 30km loop through the Bergplaas State Forest in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. A fantastic collection of prizes, including cash prizes for the first place winners and hampers for 2nd and 3rd place winners. Medals are awarded to all trail run entrants as well as MTB entrants for the 10km, 20km, 40km and 70km. And not forgetting our toddlers, they’ll be thrilled to receive their surprise Lucky packet at the finish line.
Trail runs also available
The hugely successful trail runs introduced as part of last year’s broader Kingfisher MTB event are also on the cards for Friday 17 March 2017; these include an 8km run and 16km run along part of the 20km mountain bike race route and other unique sections of forest. All runners will register and meet at Hoekwil Primary School between 15:00 and 16:00, where they will jump into Farm Trucks, sponsored by Peter Leppan from the Mandalay Farm and be ferried 8kms to the starting line in Bergplaas– a true rural experience. The starting time will be 16:30.
The Kingfisher MTB is registered with the SA Cycling Federation.
Cyclists can register online before the day at www.chaingangevents.co.za from 25 November 2016, or on 17 March 2017 from 14.00pm until 16.00pm, and on 18 March 2015 from 6am to 7:45am. No registration is required for the kiddies’ scooter dash.
The 70km race kicks off at 8am, the 40km at 8:15am, the 20km at 8:30am and the children’s races at 8:45am.
For MTB Riders, an organised vehicle shuttle service will be available at R50, should you need your car transported from Bergplaas, to the Finish line at Hoekwil Primary School.